Waterproof surf cameras: capture the best waves, shoot your own surf sessions

Waterproof surf cameras are an essential tool of the modern surfer's life. In the 21st century, digital photo and video cameras have been improved and upgraded to fit the wave riding needs.

Today, it's easy to capture the essence of surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding, right in the center of the action.

Waterproof surf cameras provide a great legacy for surfers. Riders can now review their position on the surfboard, fine-tune their surf tricks and correct future positions and wave decisions.

Digital cameras for water sports have special features and must meet a handful of surf requirements. Portability, wearability, quality of the images and videos, weight and digital compatibility are the most important things you must confirm before buying a digital surf camera.

There are more options than you might imagine. Filming and photographing waves and surfing is more than just mounting a small camera on a surfboard and clicking the record button. As your enthusiasm in water surf capture grows, you will think of better professional immersive water cameras.

The GoPro HD Hero5 Black is one the best waterproof digital surf cameras for capturing yourself. You can mount the camera on your surfboard or carry it in your chest and helmet. Its high-resolution 4K video, 12MP photos, and Wi-Fi will do the rest. Great to impress girls and surf rivals.

The Sony HDR-AS200VR allows you to record super-smooth video and take stunning pics with advanced image stabilization, splash proof body and Live View Remote. You'll capture the action in high-quality XAVC S format, with built-in W-Fi and stereo mic with wind noise-reduction.

The Polaroid Cube+ records Full HD 1440p video and can take 8-megapixel still photos. To help capture more of the action, it features a fixed 124-degree wide-angle lens. Helping ensure the camera is safe to go on all sorts of adventures, the rubberized body is splash-proof and impact resistant. Allows WiFi live streaming.

Polaroid Cube: HD and compact

The SeaLife DC2000 is a great waterproof camera for those who would love to kick off a surf career as a surf photographer. This underwater digital camera offers 20-megapixel results and vibrant colors to make photos you will never forget. It was depth tested to 200 feet and has a great flash option.

The FLIR First Mate II HM Handheld Thermal Night Vision Camera is for surf photography futurists. With this surf gem, you can capture high-quality maritime surf sessions, in total darkness. It requires no light at all.

The Nikon CoolPix AW130 is a waterproof and shockproof camera prepared for all water battles. The quality of the glass lens allows three shots in one second and Full HD (1080p) movies. As an extra, enjoy the built-in GPS.

The Aqua Vu AV Micro 5 Plus DVR-DT is the size of a smartphone and automatically turns two invisible infrared lights on and off depending on light conditions. Features built-in DVR, depth and temperature. A small and versatile option for surfers.

The Contour Roam 3 is one of the easiest-to-use waterproof cameras on the market. With a slide of the power on and record switch, you're filming your favorite adventures in crystal clear HD video.

The SJCam SJ5000 Plus records videos in 60 frames per second and that makes photographs in 16 megapixels. It also offers a WiFi connection for iOS/Android devices.

The Intova Nova HD is ideal for capturing fast moving subjects underwater. It offers waterproof protection to 200 feet/60 meters, 140 degree wide angle lens, 1.5'' TFT LCD, and 1080p HD video (30fps).

The Drift HD Ghost offers full HD for creating crystal clear footage, with its 1080p high definition lens.

The Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS is more than just a waterproof camera. It also offers a GPS functionality for positional data recording of the exact places where the photo was taken. With a 16 megapixel sensor, wide angle zoom and built-in LCD monitor, it delivers stunning results in the line-up.

Learn how to shoot a professional surfing video.

The surf camera review has been updated on September 1, 2017.

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